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ITT Tech Closes, 8000 Employees Lose Jobs & Wells Fargo Fires 5300…Is Job Security Dead?

ITT Tech Closes, 8000 Employees Lose Jobs & Wells Fargo Fires 5300…Is Job Security Dead? The Career Engineer Says “High-Touch with Hi-Tech” Skills Can Help Keep Your Career Alive”

Virginia Beach, VA — September 28th 2016 — According to The New York Times, “for-profit colleges were a magnet for billions of dollars in federal student loans and grants to low-income students. In 2010, they gobbled up more than $32 billion, a quarter of all federal financial aid, nearly double their share less than a decade earlier, the Senate committee inquiry found. Hundreds of millions more flowed in from the Pentagon and veterans’ programs through the G.I. Bill.” In terms of the Wells Fargo fires, CNN Money reports “that they are now, hearing from former Wells Fargo (WFC) workers around the country who tried to put a stop to these illegal tactics. Almost half a dozen workers who spoke with us say they paid dearly for trying to do the right thing: they were fired.”

“These two companies have put thousands out of work while high paid executives keep their bonuses and their jobs” says Francina R. Harrison, MSW, known nationally as “The Career Engineer®” (TCE). A better command of “High-Touch and Hi-Tech” strategies of sourcing opportunities, vetting office politics, REALationship building can change the results for these downsized workers. Here’s how, The Career Engineer is the visionary behind TCE Career, Life & Business Summit and Awards Luncheon at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel on Saturday, October 22, 2016 (includes a Friday Evening VIP Reception). Limited scholarships are available to attend the Career Panel for career seekers with hardship due to layoff or downsizing. The TCE Summit positions career seekers/changers, entrepreneurs, (SWaM, veteran, virtual and home-based) with the “Hi-Touch & Hi-Tech” advantage. TCE does this via real talk career and business panels, strategic lunch seating, REALationships networking, access to stealth decision makers in an engaging, boutique (no hustle zone) environment.

Be in the Room Versus on the Menu!! For career professionals, the TCE Summit will cover topics by panels such as effective 21st century networking, career/workforce do’s and don’ts, upward mobility, access to human resources, professionals, and obtain golden career leads. For small-business owners, The TCE Summit topics will include CEO best practices, lessons learned, procurement intelligence, social technology power, 21st century visibility, capital and deal making connections. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions, network and engage with seasoned CEO’s, managers and human resources professionals. “It’s all about creating REALationshipsSM and harnessing visibility technology that can increase your time, talent and treasure” says Francina Harrison.

Featured Business Panelists: Mr. Taylor Adams, Purchasing Agent, City of Virginia Beach; Mr. Leonard Robinson, CEO of EnviroBro LLC, an Environmental consultant and President of the California Black Chamber; Ms. Dannette Smith, Director Human Services, City of Virginia Beach, manages a staff of 1200 and a budget over $10M; and Mr. Kelvin Author, CPA and Consultant who practices in all 50 states specialization in tax strategy/financial positioning for business and non-profits.

Featured Career Panelists: CEO, Mr. Torin Ellis (TV judge, human capital entrepreneur/hybrid recruiter) of Baltimore; Ms. Danielle Dutton, MS, PHR, Office of Civilian Human Resources (Federal Government); Ms. Michelle Larkin, Division Manager on the Langley Administrative, Media and Professional Services (LAMPS) contract at NASA Langley; Ms. Vaughnchette Rudisill, 15+ year Human Resources Staffing and CEO of Epiphany Consulting; and renowned Clinical Psychologist & CEO, Dr. Portia Rawles, speaking on work/life relationships, stress and safety.

Invited Virtual Guests are CEO Alex Khan a German based serial entrepreneur, speaker, editor, and social media strategist.

& Vinnie Potestivo, CEO Vinnie Potestivo Entertainment Inc. a full-service NYC based entertainment agency specializing in talent-driven casting, booking and original development.

Sponsors of this event include the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Xpress Mail and Business Services, TNT Mobile Detailing, DrPortiaRawles.com . Partners are Images By Kenneth, Musician JuJuDrum and the TCE Network. For info on this click http://TCESummit.com or give The Career Engineer a call at 757-745-4823.

The Career Engineer®, http://TCEnow.com/, is a nationally recognized Virginia-based consulting firm that helps career seekers & business owners increase their “bottom-line” with career networking, social media platform building and procurement connections. The Career Engineer has been a featured panelist at the 2016 National Urban League Conference (Baltimore), Voted 2014 Radio Producer of the Year (SEVAA), 2010 Women in Business Achievement Award (Inside Business), featured on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, BlackEnterprise.com, Chicago Tribune and is a recurring expert on WAVY10 and media across the USA.

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Ask The Career Engineer: 2014 Tax Deductions for Your Job Hunt

TaxtimeonlyResume preparation, resume copies, career coaching, travel to interviews, joining networking group! Are any of these items “tax deductible? The Career Engineer shares “gentle” Tax Tips and Career Boosters during ….Tax Time.  Remember to talk with your tax advisor to discuss your unique situation and to obtain the right deductions for you.

Check Out These Overlooked Tax Deductions (Source, IRS.gov)

  • Job search in your current occupation COULD BE tax-deductible. (Key word = Current Occupation).
  • You can deduct amounts you spend for preparing and mailing copies of your résumé.
  • If you travel to an area to look for a new job you may be able to deduct travel expenses to and from the area.
  • The amount of job search expenses that you can claim on your tax return is LIMITED.
  • Records and Receipts – key point “current industry”.
  • The IRS and LOTS of companies are hiring nationwide: http://irs.usajobs.gov/

For more information about job search expenses, see IRS Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions. This publication is available on www.irs.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). Click this website for specific details on Job Search Expenses 

Missed Our LIVE “Job Hunting Deductions” Broadcast? 

“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer: http://TCEnow.com Email: info@TCEnow.com 757-745-4TCE (4823),  @CareerEngineer & Facebook.com

Are You READY for the Sizzling Spring Hiring Season?

The Career Engineer

Brrr…February may be the coldest month of the Winter, but the 2015 career season is warming up!  Do you know how to heat up your career search or do you prefer to go through another jobless blizzard?  Don’t me dismayed, the DOL job numbers are looking great  but the REAL question is…do you know how to get noticed to get hired?  Never fear the Career Engineer is here to share some TCE Hot Career Tips so that you can hear the words “You Are Hired!”  Share your comments and let me know what you think about these tips.

P.S.  Looking for a great job right now, click our TCEjobStop and find 1,000’s of opportunities in your backyard or across the country.

 Here we go…

  1. Strategic Networking & Attend Targeted Career Fairs  (Unplug & Meet REAL People)
  2. Companies Want “performers” not  “presenters”.  (There IS a difference)
  3. Expect GREAT Companies to ask REAL questions.  Performance stories ROCK!
  4. Tactfully SELL Your Value = TCE’s (PALs) Approach
  5. Accomplishments are mandatory. To have nothing… will not do.
  6. Got Gaps?  Fill Them!  Volunteering during an employment gap could actually work in your favor.

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TCE Top 5 Networking Disasters a “TCE Tough Love” Segment

Your Career Engineer was on TV today sharing some Networking blunders that can keep ALL OF US, in the “I have no money and I am broke” line.  You know that I don’t want that to happen, so here is the segment from today’s show that  describes those “Networking Disaster Personas.”   Make sure that YOU are not one of…THEM!  I also have a YouTube video, How to Network Like a Rock Star, check it out that shares a bit more of this TCE style.  Plus in my youtube video I look directly into the camera…I am not a fan of profile views…YUK!

  • The STALKER:  You want THAT Connection & think you are ENTITLED too it…BUT stop “following” the “A Gamers” around…It’s very irritating and does more HARM than good!   TCE Tip: Stop it!
  • The BUSTER:  You see a conversation and just BUST into it without a tasteful and tactful entrance!  You are now…toast!  TCE Tip:  It’s called impulse control!
  • THE KIDNAPPER:  Stop holding one-person hostage all night, they are there to meet OTHER people!  Monopoly is a board game you play with your family…does not work at networking events. .  TCE Tip:  It’s OK to Let them Go…
  • The FAKER:  Stop using champagne words with an orange juice brand!   Who are you trying to impress…the AIR?   Pretending to be a PERFORMER is a dangerous move.  TCE Tip:  There is a true value…. in being REAL!  
  • LIFE STORY TELLER: Not interested in your activities since birth (Over share warning).  Find your 60-second introduction, followed by an up to 5 min performance/tactful chat.  If you don’t have one…Go home or…get coached by TCE!

 

Five Keys to Getting the Job Your Deserve (Ask The Career Engineer)

According to the US Department of Labor, approximately 11 million Americans are still unemployed. Now the American worker is faced with finding the American Dream in the ultra-competitive, “employer choice” career market of today. How do you compete in this global marketplace? What is the career getting “formula” for today’s workforce? It’s simple, increase your employability and decrease your competition. This “formula” is necessary in order for you to increase your potentials and become the employee that companies want. The self-aware, performance-based employee, who uses action-oriented career strategies, will “reduce” their competition and increase employment opportunities. Not a performance employee…use the below strategies to improve your results.

1. Companies today are looking for that top 10 – 30% employee. Make sure you have what it takes to meet their needs. You must become “performers” and not just “presenters.” Companies want “employees” and not just “candidates.”

2. Expect performance based/behavioral interviewing. Nowadays, expect HR associates to “dig deeper” and ask questions regarding performance, achievements, initiative and leadership potential. Hiring managers and recruiters are aware that candidates can “shine” in a one-hour interview.

3. Be prepared to deliver salesmanship. You must make sure that your career search tools are sharing “what you have done with what you’ve got.” You must showcase your accomplishments, how you achieved them, and your next steps.

4. Accomplishments are mandatory. Be prepared to demonstrate your contributions, projects managed and how you “stepped out of the box” at various levels (individual, team and/or community). To have nothing… will not do.

5. Stability is very important today. If you have gaps, be prepared to explain. However, keep it business savvy and honest. Volunteering during an employment gap could actually work in your favor.

A Case for Volunteering: Find an organization that supports your life philosophy and offer some method of active contribution. Volunteering can also assist in your social networking, skill development and at times “personal” sense of worth. One of the best benefits of volunteering is that it helps with “gap” information and keeps you active. Plus, employers are impressed with sincere volunteers as it demonstrates your civic awareness and responsibilities. Check out Volunteermatch.org

A Case for Networking: Most employment resources will cite that networking accounts for 50 percent of all employment leads and subsequent hires. Networking is a skill that you must develop for life. Join professional associations that are in your industry, volunteer organizations, sports/recreational groups, faith groups or join a school’s PTA. Let your network know that you are in the employment market and don’t keep your career search a secret. Update your professional social media platform by joining networks such as www.facebook.com, www.linkedin.com or www.Twitter.com These are free professional networking sites and you can connect with professionals on a global scale.

Have a question for The Career Engineer ?  Then submit them to questions@TCEnow.com

TCE’s Top 10 Keys To Staying Unemployed (Out of a Job and Broke!)

A bona-fide TCE Career Pull-up Post:  I’ve just created a new TCE math formula for winning a great career opportunity!  Here it is — getting hired is 80% (Engagement/Human Factor) and 20% (Skill/Knowledge/Ability). 

 

As someone who has help professionals to Get Hired and StImageay Hired for over 14 years, I am truly in a STATE OF SHOCK, at how many candidates drop the ball with LACK of interpersonal skills and human engagement.  I am not talking about the 16 – 24 year old…this is “as my ancestors would say “Grown Folks Acting…a Fool” type of thing.

I know it’s EASIER to blame The White House, President Obama, Employers and Congress on the mythical lack of jobs, reduction in opportunity and the economy.  Yes, they have a part to play in this by sticking with the party versus the people (no doubt).  Hey, don’t believe the hype; there are opportunities posted each and every day! (Check out TCEJobStop for proof of that).  However today, I want to turn the conversation around a bit to the increasing LACK of career protocol or, “know-how” to COMPETE, WIN & EARN...a sustainable job or career.

In this time of sequestration and opportunity (yes I said the word opportunity) I am in a You Can’t Write This Stuff state of mind based on what I have seen (with my glasses on) from members of the workforce.  I would have loved to witness career ready concepts converted into REAL displays such as:  powerful presentation, self-driven initiative, follow-through, demonstrated performance and corporate/individual responsibility; but I didn’t.  With over 400 views in 1.75 days for (1) particular job, I can count on my fingers, a couple of empowerment-based candidates who did make it to the interview stage (smh).  This is truly a sad commentary, as I am sure the qualifications where there, but the lack of the human WOW factor prevented those skills and abilities from getting…noticed!

Now the moment of truth and hope, if you find yourself doing ANY of the below, please stop immediately.  If you are NOT displaying these behaviors, you are ahead of your competition by 80%!  Here is my list and good luck on your career search.

TCE’s 10 Ways to NOT Get HIRED:

  • Failure to show up for…(get this) a virtual meeting such as phone or Skype!
  • Lack of email management to check SPAM folder for interview confirmation
  • ERRORS ON RESUME — job titles, dates of work, emails or heck (no phone or email at all!!)
  • Post confirmation and phone screen, failure to SHOW-UP at physical interview (unbelievable)
  • Terrible diction, poor affect, lack of engagement, questioning the interviewer on why they have to show up for a second interview (oh these were degreed and a couple of veterans).
  • 15 minutes before interview, there’s a call “Sorry I can’t make it!” (Mind you, 48-hour window to reschedule…but heck let’s reduce that to 15 minutes).
  • Asking for $40K more than posted salary range, “because I’m worth it and I have all of this” Maybe so…but we are not ASKING for …All of that!!! (Yes this really happened)
  • Sending resume with different desired position title, someone else name (not mine)…yes that’s why MASS email blast are a poor idea!
  • Having your parent apply for YOU!!  (OMG…for an adult child…Yes this happened)
  • Winner: Not Following Directions, ESPECIALLY the SIMPLE ONES, like email resume here & don’t cut and paste.

Francina R. Harrison, MSW “The Career Engineer”www.TCEnow.com is a nationally recognized Career, Business Networking expert, author, speaker/trainer, Internet Radio & TV Host.   For speaking request or consulting information, contact the motivator at info@TCEnow or call 757-745-4TCE.

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